Side by Side: Medicine

Posted on June 21, 2011
What you see is the evidence of how two professionals from two totally different worlds can come together to work to improve the lives of many.
On the right is Laura Rogers from Olds, Alberta Canada. Laura had been a nurse for several years and upon some recent visits to Rwanda was able to put those skills to work for a great cause.
Hilda, on the left is from Gatsata, Rwanda and has graciously agreed to work with Home of Hope in the many areas its serves. Hilda is a woman who is in her final year of nurses training. She has an intense schedule and yet she takes time to come and work with HOH and Laura to travel to remote locations and see individual after individual, for hours on end.
The reward for both is that their skills are being used where they are needed most. By people who need them most. Some of the injuries, illnesses and situations you won’t find in the western world. If you are medical professional…your skills are needed here. Hilda would love to work alongside you and learn from you and I know that you will learn from Hilda and the patients

From Your Heart to Theirs

Posted on May 7, 2011

This picture really says it all about a sponsor sending a gift to their sponsor child overseas. After having the privilege of being present when a child receives a gift from their sponsor from Canada I can tell you it is really incredible to see the face of a child light up so quickly and so brilliantly when they take hold of that gift in their own precious hands. Many just look at the gift and touch it, feel it, and look at the wrapping or package it came in. Some dive right in and rip into it and squeals of joy and happiness and the look of sheer joy are so evident on their precious faces. With either of these ways of opening their gifts the children are always, always, so tremendously happy it really is hard to put into words. If this is something you would like to do we have teams going over to Rwanda often and they would love to help you connect with your child by bringing them a small gift package. The best way to send some love from Canada is in a large Ziploc bag. This size works well for the team bringing


Posted on April 7, 2011

Dwayne Abraham is a guy who can make anything work. After 20 years in the oilfield you learn a thing or two about making things happen or work when it doesn’t look possible. That was the resounding theme for Dwayne’s volunteer trip to Rwanda this past March. This 41 year old well services field supervisor from Red Deer, Alberta has known for some time that he would be heading to Rwanda, it was just the timing that needed to get into place. Two years ago he was prompted to consider a trip to Rwanda by what he says was a “voice that just told him” at some point he would go to Rwanda to help out in that country.  He thought perhaps he might come and check out the gorillas and incorporate a vacation out of it as well.  As it happens, his wife also had a dream in which she saw Dwayne and her, retired, with grey hair, and working in Africa happily.  She thought it meant something. One night at his church, it was mentioned that Pastor Ed Furst from the Olds location was taking a team to Rwanda. That caught Dwayne’s attention.  As he was

Feeding Program

Posted on April 7, 2011

The Buhoro feeding program is a growing success. This feeding program is growing weekly and keeping Doreen and her workers very busy. This quality program starts the day with some programming for the children (10:00am) and then a lunch program serves up what might be the children’s only meal for the week. With such a blessing existing in a desperate area the feeding program is gaining a reputation and children are walking up to an hour just to partake of the meal that is provided for these children on Saturdays. This week Brian Thomson, Director of Home of Hope spoke with Doreen (caregiver) and she reported that they are not only feeding 200 children each week, but 100 more children are walking far and showing up. Seeing how malnourished they are, she can’t turn them away.  Last Saturday they fed 300 children with the same amount of food. Doreen said, “please send over $230 more money, so we can give all the children a big meal, ONCE a week.” One meal for a child only costs 25 cents. With more money, we could start feeding the children twice a week, or give more

The Beginning of Home of Hope

Posted on January 15, 2011

Brian Thomson’s initial contact with Rwanda came out of a conference he attended in spring of 2005. One of the presenters spoke to Brian about his future and about how she could see Brian working in Africa and specifically Rwanda. He was also approached by another individual, from the conference, who had contacts in Rwanda and knew how to get Brian there to speak in one of the largest churches in the capital, Kigali. Brian then spent hours of research on the country of Rwanda and submerged himself in the facts and culture of the Central African nation and the genocide that took place there. He discovered that it was the number one country in the world in need of orphan care. At that time there was a ratio of 1 orphan for every 13 people. All this was before he had even set foot in the country he has now fallen so deeply in love with. God had started to knit Brian’s heart with Rwanda. Anyone who knows Brian knows of his intensity. Intense work ethic, intense drive, intense faith, intense sense of humor and once you are his friend it’s for life. This